Style: Jazz; Folk; Gospel; Rock; World; Pop; Musical Theatre
Title: Owner/Dolly Kanekuni Vocal Studio
Born in Italy and raised in Ohio, Dolly was active in theatre, choral ensemble and solo singing, receiving many awards from state performance competitions at an early age. She spent 15 years in Los Angeles, where she studied Speech Level Singing Technique with Seth Riggs and several of his associate teachers (Chip Hand, David Stroud, Greg Enriquez) to develop the vocal power and stamina required for contemporary music.
In 1993 Dolly moved to Kauai to raise a family and has been very fortunate to work with students in Hawaii and remotely worldwide for 25 years. In 2000, she became one of the seven founding members of Maestro Riggs SLS Teacher’s Association where she held the highest Level (5) certification for five years, and served on the Education Management Team. She was invited back to Los Angeles for eight consecutive years to teach private lessons at the SLS International Performance Summer Program. She continues to deepen her knowledge of vocal pedagogy as an authorized instructor for Vocology in Practice (ViP) and currently serves as President. Dolly’s worked with every theatre company on Kauai as either Musical Director or Vocal Coach. She considers every student an artist and is passionate about providing the tools they need to achieve their vocal goals. She serves as President of the Hawaii Children’s Theatre and performs at special events, in musical theatre and sings with several convention bands. When not teaching, performing or furthering her vocal knowledge she can be found with her family, learning songs on a sun-drenched beach on Kauai’s west side.
Voice Type: Mezzo-soprano
Music Styles Taught: Jazz; Folk; Gospel; Rock; World; Pop; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students